01/10/2013 02:42 EST | Updated 03/12/2013 05:12 EDT

Plateau's idea of cycling streets draws mixed reaction

Montreal's Plateau-Mont-Royal borough is looking at taking another step to relieve its car and bicycle-heavy road network.

A borough spokesperson confirmed to CBC Montreal's Daybreak that the idea of 'vélorues' — roads specifically designated for cyclists — is being considered seriously. The concept is in its preliminary stages and no specifics have yet to be decided upon.

The streets being considered would be smaller side streets and not major arteries.

Simon Carreau, a cyclist who lives in the Plateau and tweets from the Twitter account @RoulerMontreal, thinks bike-only streets is a great idea.

"We have important transportation issues in Montreal and especially on the bike path network. It's saturated and over-crowded. It's becoming increasingly stressful and dangerous," he said.

For Jean-Pierre Szaraz, the sales director at the Chez Farfelu boutique, which has two stores on Mont Royal Avenue in the borough, the idea of further restrictions for cars makes him wary. He says that since the Plateau made a number of street changes, including changing Christophe-Colomb Avenue into a one-way street going north, his business has seen a decrease in sales.

But Carreau thinks the cycling streets could actually bring more customers to the businesses.

"It would bring a lot more people and a lot more cyclists to the Plateau and travelling across the Plateau. It would relieve some pressure off the regular road network."